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National League North: August Review

From nine goal thrillers, to miraculous upsets, it’s safe to say the National League North has lived up to expectations.

All teams have had busy starts to the season, cramming in eight games in a short period of time. Some have had perfect starts to the season and lived up to expectation, but some have also struggled to adjust to the intense football on display.

In particular, one of several professional clubs in the league Harrogate Town have had the perfect start to the season. Finishing top going into August, Town managed to win seven out of eight matches, drawing their other result to second in the table Brackley Town. Simon Ainge has stud out for Harrogate up top, scoring nine goals already and recieving the National League North POTM award.

Meanwhile York City, who were expected to dominate the league have had a wake up call to life in the division. After losing 1-0 on the opening day to AFC Telford, York then won 5-0 to Bradford Park Avenue. However, after recently losing 2-0 consecutively to Chorley and FC United Of Manchester the pressure is certainly on Gary Mills’ side.

Another struggling side, North Ferriby currently sit rock bottom of the National League North. After losing most of last seasons key players to the likes of Harrogate and Halifax, they have struggled to replace the quality on offer. The only positive for the side in Hull is that keeper Ross Durrant has been in exceptional form, keeping the score line down to a minimum in a poor side.

Other teams such as Leamington and FCUM have also struggled, and a key clash between the sides saw Leamington win 2-1.



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